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                   Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin

Bulletin Number:        #00182
Date:                   December 17, 1998
Cross-Ref:
Title:                  passwd
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1.  Background

    The passwd command changes passwords and password attributes. A
    vulnerability has been discovered in the passwd utility which could
    be exploited to create a denial of service.

2.  Affected Supported Versions

    Solaris(tm) versions:   2.6, 2.6_x86, 2.5.1, 2.5.1_x86, 2.5, 2.5_x86,
                            2.4, 2.4_x86 and 2.3

3.  Recommendations

    Sun recommends that you install the respective patches immediately
    on affected systems.

    Operating System    Patch ID
    _________________   _________
    Solaris 2.6         106271-04
    Solaris 2.6_x86     106272-04
    Solaris 2.5.1       104433-09
    Solaris 2.5.1_x86   104434-08
    Solaris 2.5         103178-09
    Solaris 2.5_x86     103179-09
    Solaris 2.4         101945-60
    Solaris 2.4_x86     101946-53
    Solaris 2.3         101318-91

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